“Where’s the money” 2013 S. FL State of the Black business forum

West Palm Beach, FL | July 30, 2013:  August is National Black Business Month.  To celebrate National Black Business Month, The Mosaic Group along with several business and community partners will host the 4th Annual South Florida State of the Black Business Forum & Networking Reception at the Renaissance Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale (1230 South Pine Island Rd, Plantation, Florida).  The 2013 theme is “Where’s the Money” and will feature two panels of experts sharing their insight and resources regarding access to capital for business growth, effectively navigating the public sector purchasing process, and the importance of joint ventures and strategic collaborations.  The Forum will be followed by a Speed Networking Reception & Expo. We are inviting the South Florida business community to attend and not miss out on the information, opportunities, and networking that will take place.

Our featured guest of honor is Pamela Gibbs, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) who oversees all matters related to diversity in management, employment and business activities at the SEC.  Mrs. Gibbs is responsible for developing standards for equal employment opportunity and diversity of the workforce and senior management of the SEC, the increased participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses (MWOBs)in the SEC’s programs and contracts, and assessing the diversity policies and practices of entities regulated by the SEC. She is also required to advise the Commission on the impact of the SEC’s policies and regulations on MWOBs. The South Florida State of the Black Business Forum is made possible through the support of Florida Community Bank, Center for Enterprise Opportunity, MCO Construction, A & Associates, Invizio, McKinley Financial Services, Law Office of Burnadette Norris-Weeks, Lewis & Thomas, LLP, South Florida Times, and Caribbean National Weekly.

Confirmed 2013 Panelists:

Access to Capital

  • Jonathan Cole, Partner-In-Charge, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • Michael Carn, President, Metro Broward Economic Development Corporation
  • Matt Haggman, Program Director, Knight Foundation
  • Pamela Stewart, Executive Director, Paragon Foundation
  • Lia Gaines, Executive Director, Center for Enterprise Opportunity

Navigating the Purchasing Process

  • Michelle Andrewin, Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, School District of Palm Beach County
  • Pamela Gibbs, Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Adrianna Clark, Director, U. S. DOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
  • Ann McNeill, President, MCO Construction and National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC)
  • Althea Pemsel, President, The ORSO Group, LLC
  • Phillip Ford, Procurement Supervisor, Solid Waste Authority Palm Beach County

EVENT AGENDA:             






ADmission $20 in advance, $30 onsite & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Register at https://www.regonline.com/southfloridastateoftheblackbusinessforumcopycopy

For more information visit www.upscalebymosaic.com  or call 561.290.6739 or 561.531.4046

About National Black Business Month

National Black Business Month is an annual initiative to increase the number and scale of African/Caribbean‐American owned businesses in the United States and globally.  2013 marks the tenth National Black Business Month, encouraging consumers and institutions to visit at least one black owned business on each of the 31 days of August.  There are 1.9 million African-American businesses, which encompasses seven percent of all U.S. companies.  NBBM was founded by Frederick E. Jordon and John William Templeton in 2004.

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About the Mosaic Group

The Mosaic Group is a full service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful.  Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.  We have more than 20 years of marketing experience, including multi-media management, advertising, creative design, public relations, and event management.   What separates us from our competition is simple: we provide the total solution, a one-stop-shopping experience.  Our business is to make your job easier.

About the SFTA

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) promotes the growth, success and awareness of the regional technology community. Through events, networking, programs and education, we provide south Florida’s technology-related companies, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, governments and related organizations with an active forum to grow the business of technology in our region.


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